Pakistan carries out first execution in four years

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Pakistan executed its first prisoner in four years on Thursday, hanging a convicted murderer who was a former army serviceman, police said.
Despite the execution of Muhammad Hussain in northwest Pakistan, activists do not expect the country's moratorium on the death penalty to be lifted since this case involved someone in the military. The last execution, in December 2008, also involved the death of a soldier.
Pakistan has more than 8,000 inmates on death row, but a moratorium on executions has been in effect for four years. Pakistani officials say they are working on a draft law to ban the death penalty.
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